Taking GOP Graphics a Bit Too Seriously

WaxmanMarkeyABureaucraticNightmare_Display.jpg(Photo: Sen. Kit Bond [R-MO])

Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), one of his chamber’s leading opponents of action against climate change, has swiped the hilariously complicated "chart" that his House colleagues used last month in a futile attempt to portray emissions reductions as just too complex for the American people to stomach.

Complaining about the length and depth of a bill that aims to start reversing centuries of American overconsumption is more than a little silly, as Grist’s Kate Sheppard observes.

But can I take this mess too seriously for a moment and ask: Where is the DOT in Bond’s thicket of black "government agency" boxes? Is he saying that transportation has no role in the warming climate?

What does the senator think happens to all that highway money he fights so hard for?

  • Mark

    And what alternative is the GOP suggesting?

    I can see it now…
    a clean blue page with a big black box in the middle that reads: FREE MARKET.

    I am kind of surprised that they didn’t put NANCY PELOSI right in the middle.

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